Bill advances to allow concealed handguns without permit

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Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala, (AP) – Alabama lawmakers have advanced legislation that would end the requirement for a person to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun in public.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved the House-passed bill. It now moves to the Alabama Senate. Gun rights advocates have championed the proposal they call “constitutional carry.”

They argue that people should not have to get a permit to carry a handgun they legally own.

Many state sheriffs and other law enforcement officials have opposed the legislation. They say permits provide a crucial tool to combat crime and enhance public safety.

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3/2/2022 4:55:18 PM (GMT -6:00)

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